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Hands On: LG Optimus 2X..a really fast phone!
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Hands On: LG Optimus 2X..a really fast phone!

The age of the Superphone is upon us and the LG Optimus 2X certainly qualifies. Out of the box it feels and looks like a solid, well built smartphone..and that was before I turned it on. It has a good feel in the hand, Gorilla Glass on the front plastic on the back with a chrome Google stripe down the middle..a good loooking phone.

Time to turn it on..a nice bright 480 x 800 IPS LCD display with a pretty generic Android UI. Surprisingly LG has chosen to equip this beast with the somewhat dated Android 2.2 Froyo Operating system..a Gingerbread upgrade is in the works though.

 

It is what is under the hood that brings this phone into the Superphone category..the new Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU,  Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and there is no question it makes a difference. The operation is smooth and fast and apps open quickly. Take a look at the difference loading Angry birds..on the right is my HTC Desire on the left is the LG Optimus 2X.

The game play is also very smooth..no stutters..you would think the designers were looking for smooth game play when they put this package together. One would think this powerful processor would impact battery life but in my experience battery life seemed average for a smartphone and this from a 1500mAh battery..pretty standard for a smartphone.

My testing was limited to what I could do with WiFi as this phone did not come equipped with a SIM card..all the network related operations were fast and smooth as silk. The radio was able to take advantage of the full capacity of my home network and that usually translates into good 3G+/4G data performance.

The front 1.3MP camera takes average pictures..suitable for video calls but the primary camera is something else..the 8MP camera takes surprisingly good pictures in good light and better than average is less satisfactory lighting. The video is an impressive 1080p at 24fps

Overall this is a pretty impressive phone with a ho-hum UI but, that can be fixed with downloaded widgets and themes and the coming upgrade to Gingerbread.

In Quebec The LG Optimus 2X is Videotron’s Featured phone and the price ranges from $199.95 with a 3 year plan and a minimum $40/month service plan to $529.95 with no plan.

In the rest of Canada the LG Optimus 2X is available from Wind Mobile for $295 on the WINDtab plan or $445 straight purchase.

Bob Benedetti

<p>Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal</p>

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